Category Archives: Movies

Little More on Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

Made by Robert Greenwald, the same director who gave us Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, premiered yesterday in New York. According to the New York Times, Greenwald got into an altercation last night with a Wal-Mart consultant who was attempting to record the movie.

CBC.ca also ran a story on it yesterday, but this documentary has received scant publicity otherwise, I wonder if Wal-Mart itself has anything to do with that?

Update: So maybe it was on the cover of the NY Times yesterday, but still, I say scant and I am sticking to it.

Best of Secter to Premiere in NYC

The new documentary entitled The Best of Secter and The Rest of Secter is having its New York premiere on November 8th at the 92nd St Y as part of the Reel Jews Film Festival. The film chronicles the career and exploits of maverick Canadian filmmaker David Secter whose first movie, Winter Kept Us Warm (1965), was the the first English-language Canadian film ever to be invited to the Cannes film festival. Not long after making his first feature, Secter decamped to a tenement on Second Avenue and 14th Street in New York and formed a film commune that was emblamatic of the times. The film includes interviews with some of the luminaries who were influenced by Secter including, David Cronenberg, Philip Glass, and Michael Ondaatje.

92nd St Y Link
Website: Bestofsecter.com
Stream the trailer here

Steve Buscemi and Friends + Musical Guest in Brooklyn Tonight

A very special evening featuring actors Steve Buscemi with Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano – Sopranos) & John Ventimiglia (Johnny Sac – Sopranos), dynamic performer/directors working in independent theater and film today.

“Interview”, to be directed by Buscemi, is the story of a star political journalist who must interview a popular soap opera actress against his will.

The actors will be reading excerpts from screenplays of current remakes of films by late Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Excerpts will also be read from a third Van Gogh screenplay “06”, the tale of two people who meet on a phone sex hotline and develop a relationship without ever meeting. Originally nominated for a Dutch academy award in 1994, “06” is set to be directed by Bob Balaban. All three films, planned as a trilogy, are presently being shot on digital video and set for release in early 2006.

As an added bonus, stay tuned after the readings for a musical performance by a special mystery guest.

Issue Project House (400 Carroll Street Brooklyn, NY)
8:00 p.m., $20 — reservations recommended.

via Productshopnyc who also adds that Stanley Tucci and Bob Balaban will be there.

Wallace & Gromit

Saw a preview screening of the new Wallace & Gromit film on Sunday, The Curse of The Were-Rabbit. It was a very enjoyable movie, once again Nick Park has made something that is fun for both kids and adults alike. Despite its overall British sensibility, I predict this film will be a big hit on this side of the pond. Peter Sallis stars as Wallace, and Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter round out the cast as Quartermain and Lady Tottington (aka “Totty”) respectively. The movie is full of sight gags and clever dialogue, but there are loads of jokes that will go over most kids (and some adults) heads. In fact, one reference that was only pointed out to me afterward is that “Totty” is British slang for an alluring female (or male), I missed this completely. This is definitely a film that could benefit from mulitple viewings, and/or watching it with your favorite Englishman.

For Your Consideration

Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy

No, I’m not up for an Oscar, that’s the title of the new Christopher Guest movie that will include the usual “Guest Players” Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Bob Balaban and new member Ricky Gervais. IMDB summarizes the plot as, “Three actors learn their respective performances in the film Home for Purim, a drama set in the mid-1940s American South”.

While the movie within a movie title cracks me up, the plot summary sounds a lot like “Guffman”, hopefully it will be a return to Best In Show form, (my favorite movie of his).